San Pedro in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
USS Iowa (BB-61)
Turret 2 Explosion
On April 19, 1989, a powder explosion occurred in Turret 2 while IOWA was conducting peace-time gunnery drills off the island of Viesques, Puerto Rico. Preparing to fire, the center gun's powder bags exploded before the breech was closed. The resultant fire spread throughout Turret 2 all the way down five decks below. Forty-seven Sailors lost their lives
IOWA's damage control crews responded quickly. Their efforts in fighting the fire prevented the remaining powder and projectiles inside the other two loaded guns from exploding. The turrets' magazines were flooded and the fires were extinguished in about 90 minutes. The brave and skillful actions of the crew prevented additional explosions from occurring, thus preventing the potential loss of additional crew and even the IOWA herself.
Dedicated to the brave crewmen of the USS Iowa
who lost their lives on April 19, 1989.
Tung Thanh Adams, Fire Controlman 3rd class [FC3], Alexandria, VA
Robert Wallace Backherms,
Dwayne Collier Battle, Electricianís Mate, Fireman Apprentice [EMFA], Rocky Mount, NC
Walter Scot Blakey, Gunnerís Mate 3rd class [GM3], Eaton Rapids, MI
Pete Edward Bopp, Gunnerís Mate 3rd class [GM3], Levittown, NY
Ramon Jaret BradshawSeaman Recruit [SR], Tampa, FL
Philip Edward Buch, Lieutenant, Junior Grade [LTjg], Las Cruces, NM
Eric Ellis Casey, Seaman Apprentice [SA], Mt. Airy, NC
John Peter Cramer, Gunnerís Mate 2nd class [GM2], Uniontown, PA
Milton Francis Devaul, Jr., Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Solvay, NY
Leslie Allen Everhart, Jr., Seaman Apprentice [SA], Cary, NC
Gary John Fisk, Boatswainís Mate 2nd class [BM2], Oneida, NY
Tyrone Dwayne Foley, Seaman [SN], Bullard, TX
Robert James Gedeon, III, Seaman Apprentice [SA], Lakewood, OH
Brian Wayne Gendron, Seaman Apprentice [SA], Madera, CA
John Leonard Goins, Seaman Recruit [SR], Columbus, OH
David L. Hanson, Electricianís Mate 3rd class [EM3], Perkins, SD
Ernest Edward Hanyecz, Gunnerís Mate 1st class [GM1], Bordentown, NJ
Clayton Michael Hartwig, Gunnerís Mate 2nd class [GM2], Cleveland, OH
Michael William Helton, Legalman 1st class [LN1], Louisville, KY
Reginald L. Johnson, Jr., Seaman Recruit [SR], Warrensville Heights, OH
Nathaniel Clifford Jones, Jr., Seaman Apprentice [SA], Buffalo, NY
Brian Robert Jones, Seaman [SN], Kennesaw, GA
Michael Shannon Justice, Seaman [SN], Matewan, WV
Edward J. Kimble, Seaman [SN], Ft. Stockton, TX
Richard E. Lawrence, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Springfield, OH
Richard John Lewis, Fire Controlman, Seaman Apprentice [FCSA], Northville, MI
Jose Luis Martinez Jr., Seaman Apprentice [SA], Hidalgo, TX
Todd Christopher McMullen, Boatswainís Mate 3rd class [BM3], Manheim, PA
Todd Edward Miller, Seaman Recruit [SR], Ligonier, PA
Robert Kenneth Morrison, Legalman 1st class [LN1], Jacksonville, FL
Otis Levance Moses, Seaman [SN], Bridgeport, CN
Darin Andrew Ogden, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Shelbyville, IN
Ricky Ronald Peterson, Seaman [SN], Houston, MN
Mathew Ray Price, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Burnside, PA
Harold Earl Romine, Jr., Seaman Recruit [SR], Brandenton, FL
Geoffrey Scott Schelin, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GMG3], Costa Mesa, CA
Heath Eugene Stillwagon, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Connellsville, PA
Jack Ernest Thompson, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Greenville, TN
Stephen J. Welden, Gunnerís Mate 2nd class [GM2], Yukon, OK
James Darrell White, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Norwalk, CA
Rodney Maurice White, Seaman Recruit [SR], Louisville, KY
Michael Robert Williams, Boatswainís Mate 2nd class [BM2], Shore, KY
John Rodney Young, Seaman [SN], Rockhill, SC
Reginald Owen Ziegler, Senior Chief Gunners Mate [GMCS], Port Gibson, NY
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddíst the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!”
[Seal of the U.S. Department of the Navy]
[Seal of the USS IOWA [BB-61].
Erected 2012 by Pacific Battleship Center.
Location. 33° 44.545′ N, 118° 16.674′ W. Marker is in San Pedro, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of So. Harbor Blvd. and W. 1st Street on So. Harbor Blvd.. Touch for map. The Battleship IOWA is permanently moored at Berth 87 in the Port of Los Angeles. It is Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fishing Industry Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Liberty Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harry Bridges Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S.S. Los Angeles (approx. ľ mile away); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor (approx. ľ mile away); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial (approx. ľ mile away); World War II Memorial: Propeller from Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. Canberra CA-70/CAG-2 (approx. ľ mile away); Municipal Ferry Building - Maritime Museum (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Pedro.
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Additional keywords. "Battleship Iowa"; Pacific Battleship Center
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